San Diego lab has coronavirus vaccine in development

SAN DIEGO — A lab in San Diego is taking significant steps toward developing a vaccine for the coronavirus. Inovio Pharmaceuticals, a company that’s headquartered in Pennsylvania but has a lab in Sorrento Valley, is developing a vaccine that could fight COVID-19, the epidemic that has taken more than 1,300 lives worldwide, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. FOX 5 first spoke with the company about progress on the drug’s development last month.

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Is Transhumanism Uncomfortably Tempting

Last year, ethicist Jacob Schatzer wrote both an essay and a book on how people may, without realizing it, be adjusting to the idea of becoming part machine—or anyway, we won’t much mind if we are treated that way. The book is Transhumanism and the Image of God: Today’s Technology and the Future of Christian Discipleship (IVP April 2019).

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Evapotranspiration depletes groundwater under warming over the contiguous United States

A warmer climate increases evaporative demand. However, response to warming depends on water availability. Existing earth system models represent soil moisture but simplify groundwater connections, a primary control on soil moisture. Here we apply an integrated surface-groundwater hydrologic model to evaluate the sensitivity of shallow groundwater to warming across the majority of the US. We show that as warming shifts the balance between water supply and demand, shallow groundwater storage can buffer plant

Source: Evapotranspiration depletes groundwater under warming over the contiguous United States | Nature Communications